Lazy Bones

I am not lazy by nature. When I was much younger, I was lazier than I am now. Even so, I suspect that there are few people who would consider me lazy.

On a typical workday, I am up by 5:30 am. I’m in the office by 6:15 am. By 3 pm, I’ve put in a full day’s work. I eat my lunch before noon, and spend my lunch hour walking. I head home from work, help the kids with their homework, and then wrap up whatever work I’ve got leftover. We have dinner, and then it’s time to get the kids ready for bed.

I try to write when I find time. I can write a 500 word blog post in twenty minutes. Sometimes I find the time to write more than one. Often our evenings are packed with activities: swim lessons, dance classes, baseball practice, Cub Scouts den meetings.

Any “down” time I have I tend to fill with some activity. When I walk, I listen to audiobooks. Doing chore, I listen to audiobooks. When I get into bed at night, I will sometimes watch whatever Kelly has on TV, but more often than not, I read.

If I were to inventory every moment of my day, I’d say that I could account for each one, and that each one I was doing something relatively productive. I rarely go to bed at night thinking, gee, I could have packed more into the day.

This weekend was different. This weekend, I was deliberately lazy. We all were. Maybe it was the cold weather. Maybe it was the snow we had. Whatever the reason, I was incredibly lazy this weekend, and it felt great.

We slept in past 7 am on both Saturday and Sunday. Basketball was canceled due to the snow, so my Saturday morning was suddenly clear. The kids both had birthday parties to attend. I think that is when I decided I’d be lazy.

I watched TV all day. I put a fire in the fireplace, and sat in front of the big TV in the family room and watched television. I watched a few movies. Toward the end of the day, me and the Little Miss watched the original Star Wars together. It was the first time she’d watched the whole thing. When it was over, I asked how she liked it. “I loved it,” she said.

Today, I was equally lazy. We watched The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. In the evening, we watched The Force Awakens. When Darth Vader revealed to Luke that he was his father, the Little Miss sat in front of the TV, her jaw hanging open in surprise, her eyes big. “No. Way!” she said.

Just about everything I had on my to-do list for the weekend is still there on the to-do list. It remains undone. But I’m okay with that. I don’t have lazy days often, but this one was well worth it.

Tomorrow, after 4-1/2 months off, Kelly goes back to work, and the baby starts at daycare. We needed this weekend, and I’m glad for a change that we could be lazy.

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